In the previous topic, we talked about some important values of audio interface, now we talk about audio interface connector. After this talking, I believe you can choose your best suited audio interface!
This is the most mobile audio interface, easy to assemble and cheap but don’t think cheap means bad quality. Audio interface with usb port has audio quality the same as audio interface with another types of ports.
The weak point of usb connector is it’s hard to run at the same time with big numbers of input and output with low latency. For example, recording a band need 20 to 30 inputs and the same time with low latency is very hard with audio interface using usb port.
2#: Firewire 1394/ EEE1394
The remarkable point of this connecting port is the high stabilization and usually used in middle and high-grade audio interface.
Due to its stabilization and big bandwidth, this port (connect to computer) supports many inputs and outputs work at the same time. You will receive and deliver sound signal on many channels with low latency.
The price of audio interface using Firewire port is a little bit higher than usb and find a computer’s mainboard which support firewire is very hard. In case your computer doesn’t have firewire port, you supplement firewire plug-in card by placing it at pci or pci express.
Note: There are two firewire standards, firewire400 (400mbit/s) and firewire800 (800mbit/s). When purchasing audio interface, you should consider carefully which standard is it. Additionally, you should check which your computer firewire port standard is.
3#: PCI and PCI Express
Audio interface with this connector is usually plugged directly to computer mainboard. Benefits of this connector is low latency, big bandwidth so support many inputs and outputs working at the same time. But its defect is it’s not mobile!
Because of its size, the mobility is limited, it’s not big as audio interface using usb or firewire ports. Therefore, it’s usually tagged along with external breakout box or breakout cable to connect to other inputs or outputs.
This interface connector is usually seen on laptop, this is mobile connector for laptop. So audio interface with this connector has high mobility and suits for people often move ‘because it’s small.
This product is loved by DJ world, but its weak point is the numbers and types of connector is limited, means you have fewer choices.
Generally, when you record at your home, I recommend you not using this kind of audio interface connector.
The new standard interface connector for studio and recording. The 2016 market has very few devices which use this port because it’s mainly at the middle and high-grade part.
Thunderbolt is developed bases on firewire standard, so it has many strong points of firewire port. Because of its new standard, you don’t have to worry about being out-of-dated when purchasing devices with thunderbolt port.